Our school specialises in understanding fundamental chemical and physical processes that operate across the physical spheres of Earth. We're motivated by the need to solve current global challenges, such as the state of the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, energy and resource sustainability, and future planetary habitability.

Our core research focus is on the physical spheres of Earth: the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. We investigate how these physical spheres have evolved over Earth's history and, through geospatial science, we observe and understand these spheres today and their interactions with all life.

We have a particular research focus on:

  • natural resources
  • Earth observation
  • atmospheric composition and change
  • air quality and pollution
  • natural hazards
  • climate
  • environmental science challenges (including reef restoration and energy).

Our staff

Professor Carmen Gaina
Position
Head of School, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
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Professor Balz Kamber
Position
Professor in Petrology
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research field
Other Earth Sciences
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Professor Ian Mackinnon
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Other Earth Sciences
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Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science and Management
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Professor Zoran Ristovski
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science and Management
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Associate Professor Charlotte Allen
Position
Director, Central Analytical Research Facility / Principal Research Fellow (Elements & Isotopes)
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Geology
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Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geology
Geochemistry
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Associate Professor Yunfei Xi
Position
Advance Queensland Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Environmental Science and Management
Nanotechnology
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Dr Graham Johnson
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Science and Management
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Dr Branka Miljevic
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Science and Management
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Dr Luke Nothdurft
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research field
Geology
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Dr Christoph Schrank
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Other Earth Sciences
Geophysics
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